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americans back to work as soon as possible. >> reporter: ben bernanke says jobs are the key to an economic rebound. >> unemployment is the biggest problem we have. >> reporter: meanwhile, there's more bad news from the housing front. despite continuing tax incentives from uncle sam, new home sales in january unexpectedly plunged to a record low. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> that announcement from fed chairman bernanke sent stocks higher today. the dow picked up 92 points and finished at 10,374. the nasdaq was up 22 points on the day and the s&p gained 11 points. >>> police and demonstrators clashed today in greece. an estimated 50,000 demonstrators staged a march in athens against government austerity measures. some of the steps may include salary cuts and pension reforms. labor unions organized this protest march. things got violent for about lf an hour near the parliament. protesters hurled rocks, red paint and plastic bottles at riot police and the police responded with batons and tear gas. today the unions also called a 24-hour strike that grounded flights, shut down schools,
. appreciate getting my time. thank you, chairman bernanke, for being here. i do share one concern that senator vitter mentioned about the deficit. gosh, i wish we would have supported senator gregg's proposal when we had a chance, i think it was still the best, perhaps last-best proposal to actually force this congress to take an up or down vote on a plan that would put us back into fiscal sanity. i'm going to come back on the question of financial regulation. .. >> one of the comments you made and we are now 18 months after the crisis and you've said you have looked at the fed within supervision of the bank holding companies stronger capital, stronger risk supervision. you know, we've had a lot of discussion over the last 18 months about size. we've talked a bit earlier, senator raise questions about the volcker rule. i share some of your concerns about how you draw those lines. chairman dodd raise the question about using some of the intimate out there in terms of derivatives. can you tell us a little bit in his last 18 months with this increased focus on the largest sophisticated bank holdi
. that is true. >> exactly. there's nothing they've got on you. >> not anymore. >> ben bernanke who oversaw the collapse of not just the united states but the entire world financial system and brought our economy to its knees, has been reappointed as head of the fed. >> right. >> does this give you hope for ç being re-elected governor of new york? because, may i remind you, he screwed everybody. >> i just became a fan of ben bernanke. >> i love colbert. spitzer is doing it right. he quit. gave up the governorship and took the heat and is showing the humility, well-earned humility this country is willing to accept. next up, sarah who? watch senator scott brown dance away from sarah palin saying he never spoke to her. >> do you think that sarah palin is presidential material? >> well, sure. she has been a mayor and a governor and has a lot of national following. the more people in a presidential race the better. she never contacted us and vice versa. >> really? she has never contacted you? you've never talked? how do you figure this statement from palin's camp. election night two weeks ago,
commercial real estate? i guess that you were all looking and listening to chairman bernanke when he talked about the next wave of defaults in the real estate area. >> yes. chair come well last questions, thank you very much -- develop last request questions. new loan fund than they did under the t.a.r.p. capital programs. one very important difference is that tarp was intended to provide capital for banks to assure their viability under conditions. this is powerful program designed to get banks to lend because as you know the dividend rate on this new capital can drop dramatically if and only if banks lend beyond where they are lending today. couple other points. the small banks we're talking about, have done a pretty good job of maintaining lending balances during this very difficult recession. we think many of them are eager to lend, and by providing them with more capital, in this case capital that could increase their tier 1 capital by 30 to 50% they should be more confident about able to support existing assets and increase their lending at the same time. >> it just brings me back mem
deficit, we have big budget-- deficits. people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke gave us the largest downturn since the great depression. that is why we have a huge budget deficit. we didn't have a huge tax cuts. we had stimulus and response to the downturn. we have higher unemployment if we have not had that but let's be clear if we are upset about the deficit greenspan and bernanke, i don't know why we reappointed bernanke. in terms of the entitlement programs, yeah we have a public pension program, which is hugely popular. you look at polling day that-- i was at a conference this morning in social security is over 90%. they ask people would you be willing to pay higher taxes to sustain sosa security benefits and 70 to 80% said yes. i don't see any problem with running a pension program through the public sector. what is the problem with the? it is usually popular. health care costs, medicare again. we are providing medicare health care benefits for seniors. that is also hugely popular. you have these tea party people out there yelling don't let the government touch medicare. they
. bernanke. -- thank you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] ♪ >> we have quite a lineup on this isle. only a couple on the other. we need a few more folks down here. we've already had to pull some day -- a fulsome day. let's proceed to our question and answer session. we have three other excellent speakers, so a lot to look forward to. i want the banking for coming and your excellent attention. this is our fifth symposium and they seem to get better every year, if that is indeed possible. thank you all for making this such a productive in event. all right, we will begin with our question and answer is, and because there are more of you then of view, we're going to start on this side. >> this is a question for mr. kantor. and cultural prophets redeem themselves with accurate insights? >> i am not sure that i understand the question. >> you are talking about cultural prophesied and you believe that they cannot predict accurately. but can the kid rick -- redeem themselves? >> i am not sure what you mean by t
the federal reserve to take the lead on this. citing mr. bernanke does not want to step up and -- i think mr. bernanke, unfortunately, does not want to step up and take responsibility. i think the administration put a good deal of capital to work to make sure that he stayed on as chairman of the fed. but honestly, it would require presidential leadership at this point. we see encouraging signs, but also discouraging signs. the president said nice things about big bankers and their compensation just last week. you have to ask the white house where we are on this issue. host: simon johnson is the author of an upcoming book, "13 bankers." when will this come out? guest: when wilthe end of march. i do not think this problem is going to go away anytime soon. host: wyoming, republican line. caller: i would just like to say a few things and please do not cut us off because we do not get a chance to get in as many times as the democrats and the independent line. i'm a conservative woman of color. i notice every time on c-span and i get to be disappointed. and i will get to my question. i notice a ta
bernanke also kept the market in check. he outlined the plan that the central bank will follow once the economy has recovered. bernanke was scheduled to deliver the testimony in person to a congressional panel, but the wearing was postponed because of, well, the storm. weather permitting, tomorrow we'll get the latest readings on jobless claim ace long with earnings on pepsico and viacom. and did i happen to mention it's snowing here? >> yes. is it making you a little grouchy? >> i'm not grouchy, i'm not going home. that's what's happening. >> hang in there. one year after hayleigh cummings vanished from her home, we hear from her father in jail on drug charges. we're going to talk about that next. >> the nasty winter weather is making roads deadly. earlier we showed you the stretch of interstate 80 in central pennsylvania. we have now learned, at least one person was killed after about 50 vehicles were involved in crashes. this is all in clearville county. another is said to have a serious leg injury because of all of this. no one is really going to go anywhere on the east coast to
in three months and just a hair under 100 million. bernanke said yesterday that the job market remains weak even though the economy is recovering. there is some good economic news. everything from washing machines to airplanes jump 3d% in january and the second monthly increase in a row. >>> coca-cola is changing the way it does business. spending more than $12 million to buy the large bottler. from using independent bottlers to controlling the process. pepsi has recently moved in that direction, as well. >>> get this, a relative of burr nad madoff is changing her name. she is married to buernie's son mark. she filed court papers for herself and her two kids to drop the madoff name. she probably doesn't want that out there, robben . >> she just wants to leave the name alone. >> completely. she's still married. it's not that. it's just the name. >>> a teacher danceoff sounded like kind of a fun idea for a pep rally until it became a lap dance dance off. >>> one of the most taulked abot people at the olympics may be heading home. >>> if you're running late, you must not have signed up for my
. with your support in mr. paulson, mr. bernanke we forced their stearns shareholders from a position that i think was a high of $170 a share in january. we force them down to $2 a share because the american taxpayer money was in the bailout. and that was something that was supported by the fed, by treasury because we felt that because the taxpayer was bailing them out, that the shareholders of bear stearns should not be held harmless. now, you have a different situation here, slightly different. a number of weeks later, where we have aig going under, and these are credit default swaps so the money going into aig is going right out to the counterparties. this is a pass through and the folks on the other side are goldman sachs. that is the principle beneficiary of all this. and we don't negotiate in nickel, not a sense of what they are getting. you are in the same position. you are supposed to be negotiating on behalf of the american people. you were saying the regulations were different. let me tell you something we were changing the rules and regulations every single day. we were taking act
bernanke scheduled to testify before a house committee today. but this was all about unwinding the fed's $2.2 trillion emergency liquidity programs. the hearing has been postponed but his prepared testimony will be released at the top of the hour. several economic reports also being delayed today. on wall street expect light trading volume as folks focus more on the snow and less on stocks. despite all that, the dow is expected to continue to rise after yesterday's 150-point gain. investors are hopeful thedisney network rebounded but the theme parks continue to struggle. same for the movie studios. >>> google launching a new social networking service called the google buzz. it will allow users to post photos and links to their websites. yahoo! an microsoft claim they've been running similar services for years. >>> early numbers here, looks like we're down but just ever so barely. off 12 points. 10,046. still above 10,000. nasdaq off fractionally at this time as well. >>> finally, one more note. southwest airlines has slashed its ticket prices until tomorrow. the carrier is selling one-way t
. host: a couple other items, business section of "new york times," that ben bernanke has survived a challenge to his second term as chairman, and faces the delicate task of beginning to pull the central bank out of its extraordinary situation. guest: the economy through the fall of 2008 and through last year, in an effort to help banks and credit markets and to prevent the financial system from imploding. they did that by lower the interest rates, and now they have to pull that back. they have to pull the federal reserves investments in the economy back. and they have to do that carefully because they don't want to cause problems in doing so, which is something that could happen. it will be delicate. markets are watching when this will happen. if he doesn't do it right, you will see plunges in stock values. host: what is the update? guest: last week senate dodd announced he was at an impasse with senator shelby, and it's not a good sign. there are some republicans who said they were committed to get a bill. one thing to watch is bob corker, a new senator from tennessee, he's worki
pledged in december make up half of the number needed for the training effort. ben bernanke, the chairman for the federal reserve goes to capitol hill this morning. lawmakers will question him on what he can or will the to ease the jobs crisis and make sure the economic crisis -- economic recovery lasts. you can hear the first hour on c-span radio. there is a new study showing hispanics at high-level staff positions in capitol hill are almost nonexistent. this is in spite of the fact that they make up nearly 1/6 of the u.s. population. a of a hundred senate chief of staff, only one is hispanic. there is no hispanic legislative directives -- directors and only one hispanic staff director. hispanics only hold 12 of the roughly for a 40 chief of staff jobs and only nine legislative director slots. -- 140 chief of staff jobs and only nine legislative director slots. some say that is an outrage. the european union wants to halt all executions by 2015 as a step towards abolishing the death penalty. the prime minister did not know how the eu would persuade countries like the united states, china
professor and no stranger to the audience at c-span2, douglas bernanke -- douglas brinkley. thank you for joining us this morning. guest: good morning. thanks for having me. host: if president stay were a holiday celebrating just one president, it there or one president to honor, who would it be for you and why? guest: i think the original, george washington. remember presidents day began as washington's birthday in 1880 and subsequently evolved, 1971 was started getting this concept of presidents day morphing of washington and lincoln's birthday and then the idea of just celebrating the institute of the president and having school children learn each president and what they look like and memorize the names. but washington is, in my view, the person we need to be celebrating on presidents' day. he did something very extraordinary as our first president, he stepped down. he showed you could relinquish power. that we were not going to become a market. he could have stayed in for life terms because he was that popular but i think it was the beginning of the tradition -- of the presence i
of making decisions on interest rates. mr. bernanke does testify regularly on capitol hill explaining what he is doing, and why he is affecting monetary policy the way he is. some, like milton friedman, have suggested that we could replace federal reserve with a computer that could determine these interest-rate formulas. perhaps that would be better. federal reserve policy can be subject to certain criticism. i do not hoknow how we would do this. there is disagreement on the way they have handled the recession, and that is fair. host: another tweet -- guest: $3 trillion of the deficit? over the next 10 years, if we expended all the tax cuts, for everyone, that would be about $3 trillion. the deficit is much bigger than that. the base line is $11 trillion. if you got rid of all the tax cuts, we would still have and $8 trillion deficit over the next 10 years. president obama is not talking about doing that. only for those making more than $250,000 a year. that is only 1/5 of the tax cuts. if you want to get rid of "tax cuts for the rich" it is over $16 billion from a deficit of $11 trillion.
to the audience at c-span2, douglas bernanke -- douglas brinkley. thank you for joining us this morning. guest: good morning. thanks for having me. host: if president stay were a holiday celebrating just one president, it there or one president to honor, who would it be for you and why? guest: i think the original, george washington. remember presidents day began as washington's birthday in 1880 and subsequently evolved, 1971 was started getting this concept of presidents day morphing of washington and lincoln's birthday and then the idea of just celebrating the institute of the president and having school children learn each president and what they look like and memorize the names. but washington is, in my view, the person we need to be celebrating on presidents' day. he did something very extraordinary as our first president, he stepped down. he showed you could relinquish power. that we were not going to become a market. he could have stayed in for life terms because he was that popular but i think it was the beginning of the tradition -- of the presence in beginning with washington. and ou
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